Michele du Plessis
The City of Mbombela released the new drought relief tariffs and penalties for the supply areas, effective from February 1st, 2020. Strict water restrictions will be implemented with hefty penalties for offences.
The water restrictions are due to significantly below rainfall and extremely high temperatures. This led to the official restrictions for the City of Mbombela to reduce its raw water abstraction from the Kwena Dam, Klipkopje, Longmere, Witklip and its tributaries and dams by 20%, and 50% from the Lomati dam by the Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency in term of Schedule 3 of the National Water Act No. 36 of1998. The levels of the Mpumalanga dams (information supplied by the Department of Water and Sanitation) indicate the following: Kwena Dam – 34.2%, Klipkopje – 19.4%, Longmere – 65.0%, Witklip – 69.8%.
Piet Skead, Chairman of the White River Ratepayers Association, said that the water restrictions will affect the town negatively. “From the WRRA side, we are not against progress and expansion, but the progress mustn’t impact the existing businesses and residents negatively. The infrastructure, especially with the water problems that we are experiencing, is not adequate to accommodate another, say 400 plus houses, as planned.”
The list of new tariffs is available on https://www.mbombela.gov.za/.